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Party Themes - The Hunger Games

Updated on May 3, 2012

Recommended For: Birthdays Ages 12 -18

With the release of the movie, The Hunger Games is all the rage with both teens and adults. While many of the ideas for this party theme are aimed at youth they could quite easily be adjusted for adult parties as well. Break out the presents and birthday cake, and prepare for the party of the year and may the odds be ever in your favor.


Idea 1 - Rather than have traditional physical invitations send out E invites by E-mail. Create a short video using a program such as iMovie or Windows Movie Maker in the style of a news blurb aimed at the citizens of Panem. The news story should be informing the recipient of the invite that they are invited to the birthday persons hunger games birthday party. Show photos of all of the people invited in the newscast, give them a district and inform them that they are the tribute for their district.

Idea 2 - A little more traditional and a much more simple invitation would be a black card with the gold mocking-jay emblem printed on the front with all of the party information on the inside.


Streamers in red, yellow, and orange. Twist them to resemble flames.

If nice weather take it outside to a forested area and the world is decoration enough

If indoors drape everything with shiny bright fabrics to reflect the Capitol

Tie favors and prizes for the games to parachutes and hang from the ceiling until they are needed

Games and Activities


  • Let guests take turns with a bow and set of arrows aimed at a target. Whoever can hit closest to the center the most amount of times wins. (WARNING: This should only be done outdoors in a wide open area. If at a park first consult local laws and park policies)

The Reaping

  • Put all of the guests names in a large glass bowl and draw one name, rather that a fight to the death they win a prize.


  • A funny game just to pass time or as an ice beaker if many guests don’t know each other. It is basically the old game of telephone but with a Hunger Games inspired title. Everyone sits in a line and the first person whispers in the ear of the next and so on down to the end of the line. The last person says out loud what they herd and it is then compared with what the first person actually said

Cornucopia Relay

  • In the center of a large area place 12 red balloons of some sort and 12 black ones. Then divide the party into two teams. The place where the token are is the cornucopia, the teams must relay race to the cornucopia and take a balloon in their color OR the can try to pop one of the balloons that belongs to the other team. After a set amount of time or when the balloons are all gone add up the amount of balloons that each team has in their possession and the the amount that they popped, the team with the highest number is the winner.

Real, Not Real

- In order for this game to make sense you will have had to have read the third book but the game is played like the game two truths and a lie. Guests take turns saying two things about themselves on is true and the other is not. The goal is for everyone else to figure out which one is real and what one is not real


Prizes for the games can include: mocking-jay pins, nerf style bow and arrows, stuffed toy squirrels, movie tickets or a copy of the DVD if the party is taking place after it is out, or a copy of the book.


  • Katniss. Katniss is not only the main characters name but an edible plant that guests can try.
  • Asparagus ‘spears’
  • ‘Peeta’ bread or District 12 crescent rolls
  • Blueberries labeled as night lock. (be sure they know it’s blue berries though, you don’t want you guests thinking you’re trying to knock them off)
  • Personal cakes. Rather than have one large cake have a 6” cake for each guest and let them decorate it themselves like Peeta decorated the cakes for his family’s bakery before the Hunger Games. You can serve cup cakes and let them take their creations home or let them eat them at the party and take any leftovers home.


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      Kylah 5 years ago

      Can you explain the cornucopia relay a little bit more? Thanks!

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      Fox Face 5 years ago

      Thank you so very much for all the amazing ideas. I created some ideas of my own, themed around The Hunger Games. E-mail me if you would like some of my ideas: Thank you again.

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      Fire is catching! 5 years ago

      I read all three books in a month and now I am trying to plan my birthday party. I was thinking of have an actual hunger games with tributes, survival packs and a woods location, but these are awesome ideas too!!! I can't wait for my party!!! Thanks for the grate ideas!!! :)

      You are awesome!!!

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      Katniss+Peeta 5 years ago

      Thank you so much this helped me plan my birthday party!!!

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      Katniss 5 years ago

      This is very cool. I definitely know what I am doing for my birthday!!!

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      1Dluver 5 years ago

      I love the hunger games just as much as one direction & i needed party ideas for my birthday! Thanks!

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      inevitablesecrets 5 years ago from California

      Glad to help :)

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      peeta lover 12 5 years ago

      thank for the tips my birthday is coming up and i needed ideas

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      inevitablesecrets 6 years ago from California

      You're welcome, I like your user name :)

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      Mockingjay 6 years ago

      Okay, now this is epic! Thanks for the ideas